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REORIENT is a magazine celebrating contemporary Middle Eastern arts and culture // edited by Joobin Bekhrad

Toronto mayor Rob Ford and Prince Charles rockin’ the kuffiyah

Toronto mayor Rob Ford and Prince Charles rockin’ the kuffiyah

Selfies? Been there, done that. (The Iranian Qajar monarch Nasereddin Shah and his concubines)

Selfies? Been there, done that. (The Iranian Qajar monarch Nasereddin Shah and his concubines)

Filfit underjround.

Filfit underjround.

Drugs: just say ‘no’.

Drugs: just say ‘no’.

Iranian icons by Mohammad Ali Ziaei (L-R: M.R. Shajarian, Shahram Nazeri, Nima Yushij, Sadegh Hedayat)

Iranian icons by Mohammad Ali Ziaei (L-R: M.R. Shajarian, Shahram Nazeri, Nima Yushij, Sadegh Hedayat)

Today has been one of those tea days …

Today has been one of those tea days …

Cairo, 1903

Cairo, 1903

Iranian Fashion: Between the Veils

Between 1936 and 1979, when the hijab was not in force, family albums captured Iranian women’s embrace of Western fashion, as seen in movies and magazines, and embodied by a succession of fashionable queens

Iranian Fashion: Between the Veils

Between 1936 and 1979, when the hijab was not in force, family albums captured Iranian women’s embrace of Western fashion, as seen in movies and magazines, and embodied by a succession of fashionable queens

Sex, drugs, and gol-o-bolbol (by Iranian artist Ladan Broujerdi)

Sex, drugs, and gol-o-bolbol (by Iranian artist Ladan Broujerdi)

Salafi selfie?

Salafi selfie?

Being an artist in any part of the world is a very relevant thing, and there are certain circumstances for each country, time, and place. Palestine has witnessed the worst of cruelty that cannot be hidden from anyone; it is a story of a long struggle where everything has become familiar. People in Palestine need art in order to find creative ways of dealing with situations that can be very tough and sometimes even impossible. We have a very vibrant and active art [scene] in Palestine, which is something that speaks positively about the future; but the [usual] image [of Palestinians known to] the world [is of] victims or ultimate heroes – something I do not like. I like working in grey areas, even though the attempt to ‘break’ such an image is very hard, to the extent that it can totally imprison us – and this in itself requires a lot of effort to break [free] from.
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Being an artist in any part of the world is a very relevant thing, and there are certain circumstances for each country, time, and place. Palestine has witnessed the worst of cruelty that cannot be hidden from anyone; it is a story of a long struggle where everything has become familiar. People in Palestine need art in order to find creative ways of dealing with situations that can be very tough and sometimes even impossible. We have a very vibrant and active art [scene] in Palestine, which is something that speaks positively about the future; but the [usual] image [of Palestinians known to] the world [is of] victims or ultimate heroes – something I do not like. I like working in grey areas, even though the attempt to ‘break’ such an image is very hard, to the extent that it can totally imprison us – and this in itself requires a lot of effort to break [free] from.

Read the full article here